Firm puts sheriff’s complex at $11 million

WOODSTOCK – A consulting firm says a new Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office headquarters could cost as much as $11 million.

Representatives with Grimm and Parker presented a feasibility study for a new sheriff’s office complex to the Board of Supervisors on Thursday. The study showed that the county’s options using property at 818 N. Main St., Woodstock, could cost between $9.69 million and $10.93 million depending on if the project uses the existing structures on the site or starts from scratch.

The county has used an estimated project cost of $6 million that includes $600,000, or 10 percent, to cover the initial studies, design work and construction administration.

Sheriff Timothy Carter has proposed to build a new headquarters with funds his agency receives when it participates in federal investigations. Whether or not the office will have enough to cover such a project remains uncertain.

“I think the process has been positive up to this point,” Carter said after the presentation.

Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass said the programming shows the needs of the agency that then translates to floor plans and other design elements for the project.

Board members did not comment immediately after the presentation. The consultants plan to come back before the board at its Aug. 4 work session.

The sheriff’s office gave the county a 5-acre property at 818 N. Main St. once used for law enforcement operations. The property contains two buildings and is connected to utilities. Grimm and Parker concluded that the site would best accommodate the agency’s needs now and in the future. The site also remains the most economic option for the county, the consultants concluded.

The county hired Grimm and Parker last year to study the options to move the sheriff’s office from the basement of the circuit court building to a larger, more modern space. The consultants looked for potential sites, interviewed sheriff’s office employees and studied the needs of the agency to come up with its recommendations.

The consultants also provided a conceptual design for a facility on the selected site as the basis for a project budget. The three schemes for a facility at 818 N. Main St. call to demolish the existing buildings and construct a new structure, raze the garage and renovate the warehouse, and provide expanded renovation of the second floor of the warehouse for non-sheriff’s office uses.

Grimm and Parker chose eight potential sites initially, then narrowed the list to four for further evaluation. The list initially consisted of properties at 818 N. Main St. Woodstock; two sites on Kingree Street between North Main and North Water streets; the existing court complex at 112 S. Main St. and 114 W. Court St.; at the corner of Hoover Road and Ox Road; in Woodstock Commons; southeast corner of West Reservoir Road and Hisey Road; and 18480 Old Valley Pike south of Woodbrook toward Edinburg.

Consultants graded sites either pass or fail using the following the criteria: land owned by either the county or on the market; need 3-5 acres for optimal site layout; appropriate zoning; access to major roads and utilities.

Consultants narrowed the list to properties at 818 N. Main St., sites on Kingree Street and the court facility at 112 S. Main St. The county owns both properties on Main Street in Woodstock though the court site fails already for size. Properties on Kingree Street would cost $320,000 or $180,000 to acquire. The property at 818 N. Main St. covers 5.13 acres. The Kingree Street sites cover 3.25 acres or 2.7 acres but the consultants warned of topography problems with both properties.

The consultants do not encourage reusing the concrete block building at 818 N. Main St. given the poor condition of the floor.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com